Hyderabad FC and East Bengal FC played off a dramatic 3-3 tie in the Hero Super Cup on Thursday at Manjeri Payyanad Stadium in Kerala. It was after Odisha FC’s 3-0 win against Aizawl FC earlier in the day.
The second game was a goal fest, with Naorem Mahesh Singh and Javier Siverio each scoring a hat trick for their respective teams, and it was the better of the two games on the day.
As a consequence, Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC are level on points, while East Bengal FC is third with two points.
East Bengal FC got out to a fast start and took the lead in the fourth minute when they found the Hyderabad FC defence high up the pitch, allowing winger Naorem Mahesh Singh to slide back home into an empty net after around the custodian.
After falling down early in the game, Hyderabad FC applied pressure, which paid off minutes. Later when Javier Siverio was the first to respond to a Halicharan Narzary cross and head home the equaliser to cancel out East Bengal FC’s lead.
East Bengal FC responded with a flurry of assaults, and in no time, they restored the lead, with VP Suhair smashing the ball past Gurmeet Singh from a tight angle, and the game witnessed three fast fire goals within the first half hour. Naorem Mahesh Singh scored his brace on the stroke of halftime, putting his team with a comfortable two-goal advantage.
After a dominant first 45 minutes from the opponents, Hyderabad FC came out with more purpose in the second half. As the clock approached 65 minutes, they brought on Abdul Rabeeh and made two more replacements to come back into the game.
Hyderabad FC quickly regained control of the match as Javier Siverio made it 3-2 with a sneaky pass past Kamaljit Singh. The move paid off when Abdul Rabeeh scored the third and final goal of the night, completing his team’s comeback from a two-goal deficit.
East Bengal FC goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh produced a spectacular stop in the final stages of the game. It was to prevent Hyderabad FC a late winner as Borja Herrera unleashed a massive shot that appeared to be bound for the top corner.
Moreover, both teams agreed for a share of the spoils in a frantic football clash.
Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC will now compete for a championship.
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